Who knew 42t rear cogs would become a thing? Perhaps its my curmudgeon/retro-grouch ways but I’m still a little skeptical about the current trend in 1x cranksets for “adventure bikes”. I’m sure they are wonderful and work perfectly for some people, but knowing my own proclivities (desire for a wider range than they can provide and low gearing), they sort of philosophically annoy me especially when a perfectly good and less expensive alternative already exists – the mountain double. In this vid, I compare gear inches (always exciting!) between the mountain double, the dubious compact road cranksets some brands put on touring bikes and the au courant 1x system. Warning: opinions expressed in the video.